December 12, 2015

Channing Philbrick, Co-Assistant Principal Trumpet, doubles in Bel Canto on trumpet and pututo, a maring conch shell fitted with a wooden mouthpiece.  Its otherworldly sound arcs out over the audience like an ancient siren.  Composer Jimmy Lopez owns the two pututos Ch...

December 9, 2015

Bel Canto composer Jimmy Lopez heavily features our Lyric Opera Percussion section who fly from instrument to instrument banging, bowing, tickling, whapping with super ball mallets, and coaxing out sounds ranging in timbre from eerie to exotic. In some cases they are b...

Before our exciting world premiere of Bel Canto on December 7, author Ann Patchett graciously took time out of her whirlwind evening to talk with us.  

Ms. Patchett is not only a novelist, but owner of the independent bookstore Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, w...

November 25, 2015

Walt Preucil, cello and William Koehler, piano

 "...a great way to showcase the many talented members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra.  Many congratulations to all for a spectacular concert!"

     Mark Riggleman, Director of Education, Lyric Opera of Chicago...

I recently had the pleasure to sit down with Bruce Ridge, Chairman of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM).  Bruce, a bassist with the North Carolina Symphony and tireless advocate for the arts, has been traveling the country this summer...

November 2, 2015

There is something that attracts musicians to marathons.  At least half a dozen members of our orchestra have run a marathon over the years, some multiple marathons. Our dynamic Principal Flutist Marie Tachouet (or Mimi as we know her) has run three and ran her first C...

October 25, 2015

Most people don't know what goes on behind the scenes at an opera house.  If they did, they might know that vultures smell really 'interesting', that the cast practices their fight scenes before every performance, and that orchestra musicians are multi-lingual in a num...

October 19, 2015

Those of us who know Robert Johnson know him for his vibrant personality, quick wit, and his beautiful horn playing.  What you might not know about him is his level of training and commitment to the practice of meditation and the fundamental concepts and practices of t...

One at a time, sometimes two.  Ok, there was that one time where there were three cats living in my house at the same time.  And to be honest it's been more than once.  But I won't go over three at a time.  Probably. 

The interwebs can get you in a l...

Doug Waddell with PSG alumni, June 7, 2015 

Where do you find Doug Waddell, assistant principal percussionist at Lyric Opera, when he’s not playing glockenspiel, snare drum, xylophone, bass drum, triangle, cymbals, castanets, maracas, tambourine, gongs, chimes, timpani,...

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